Andee Layne Lifestyle

A Little More Christmas

If you ladies are ever in Southern California around Christmas time you HAVE TO stop in at The Grove in LA! I’ve been going there for years and its so magical during the holidays! I drove up to have dinner  with a girlfriend earlier this week and it definitely put me in the Christmas spirit!

I also added a little touch of Christmas 😉 to our coffee table. I had a bit of garland left over from our mantel so I mixed it in with my poinsettias in a wooden box tray we already had. 
On another note there are a ton of gift lists going around right now but I wanted to share this special sentimental  gift idea I love. Its a Christmas book where you can record your voice telling the story. My mom gave it me a couple years ago (YES before I was even pregnant lol) and said it was for her future grandchildren. You can find them HERE. I think it will be a great gift for moms to give their babies as well! Im thinking of doing another for Ava with my voice recorded. 

How about you ladies…Do you have any sentimental gift ideas you’re giving this year?! Im always on the hunt for new ideas!

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    Anonymous
    December 6, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Little miss ava is too precious Andee! My boyfriend and I plan to move to the west coast once we finish college and your pics always make me so anxious to get there! 🙂

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    katie ridings
    December 6, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    definitely interested in that book there 🙂 Cute jammies!!

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    Krista Luna
    December 6, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I've been to The Grove and will agree with you..it's very magical! I love your poinsettias! I think they might be my favorite Christmas decoration 🙂 and my mom does that exact thing..she buys books and says "for my future grandbabies" haha! I love the idea of those voice recording books tho! So so cute! You and your husband should take turns reading a story so she'll be able to hear both of your voices 🙂

    xo
    Styled By The Moon

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      andeelayne
      December 7, 2012 at 4:09 am

      thanks Krista…i thought it was pretty funny my mom did this even before I was pregnant or even trying for that matter lol

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    Kelly Causey
    December 6, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Hi Andee! Just started following your blog.. I love your sense of style. Its also nice to hear about your ideas and experiences with Ava. I have a 2 month old, Gavin. So thank you for sharing! I was wondering where you got your pillows on your couch. We moved when I was 7 months prego so I am just now getting around to decorating! I also love your Seagrass rugs I have noticed in the background.. Pottery barn? Thanks again! Happy holidays 🙂

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    Brooke
    December 6, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    We are heading to the Grove this weekend – can't wait to see how gorg it is! Your wooden box is so cute and festive! Love it

    xo

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      andeelayne
      December 7, 2012 at 4:08 am

      oh fun! Brace yourself for the weekend crowds though! It can be madness on the weekends. Let me know if you guys need any other LA recommendations xo

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    DSK Steph
    December 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    You decorate your house beautifully! Love the wooden with poinsettias!

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    Emma (Glitter and Gold)
    December 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    The Grove is one of my favorite places ….. so is the Grand Californian Hotel at Christmas!! One of my fav gifts are personalized books for children …. i got them this year for all our littles ……
    http://www.custombymichelle.com/Personalized-Books_c_12.html

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      andeelayne
      December 7, 2012 at 4:06 am

      Where is the Grand California Hotel? Ill def have to look into it!

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      Anonymous
      December 13, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      The Grand California Hotel is one of the hotels at the Disneyland Resort. It has its own entrance into California Adventure

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    Jessi
    December 6, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    The Grove looks magical–I love that sleigh they hung!

    That book is a great idea, I have been trying to think of something to send my nephew that lives on the opposite coast. I may just have to check it out!

    This is my first married Christmas, so we are giving our parents photo books. I am on the hunt for something sweet for my sisters!

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      andeelayne
      December 7, 2012 at 4:03 am

      oh thats a perfect gift! Love photo books!

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    Kelly Causey
    December 6, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Hi Andee! I am new to following your blog! I love your sense of style and your posts about Ava.. She is so cute. I am a new mom with a 2 month old son, Gavin. 🙂 love he book idea. This is random but can you tell me where the pillows on ur couch are from? Also, I noticed you have some sisal/Seagrass rugs in ur living and dining areas… Pottery Barn? Do you like them with Ava? We moved when I was 7 months prego so I am just now getting around to decorating 🙂 happy Holidays!

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      andeelayne
      December 7, 2012 at 4:02 am

      hi love yes the rugs are from pottery barn and while they aren't the comfiest the baby doesnt seem to mind 😉 As for the pillows they are from a local boutique in Newport Coast called Juxtaposition.

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    Kelly Causey
    December 6, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I'm sorry! I tried twice I think! Ignore my duplicate! Sorry!

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    pretty little things
    December 6, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    love the way you decorated — so simple, classic and festive! and little ava is just adorable! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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    Nicole
    December 6, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    What about sound wave art? I made one for my partner last Christmas that says "I Love You". There's places on the web that will do it for you for big bucks, but I've also seen it out there on etsy and this gals site: http://aimee-weaver.blogspot.com/2012/10/sound-wave-art.html

    Good luck!

    Nicole

    🙂

    nenemonster.blogspot.com

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      andeelayne
      December 7, 2012 at 4:01 am

      oh fun! ive never heard of sound wave art…will def have to check it out!

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    Molly
    December 6, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Ava is so precious! I love the book you got her where you record your voice reading it to her. What a fun tradition for her while she is young.
    Love your decorations also!

    http://mominks.blogspot.com/

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    Anonymous
    December 6, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    OMG… she is too stinkin' ADORABLE. She's an angel, just put her ontop of the tree =))))))))))) By the way, where did ya' all get your tree?

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      andeelayne
      December 7, 2012 at 4:00 am

      thank you! I purchased it from Home Depot years ago

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    girlonsycamore
    December 6, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Ava is so precious!!…love the book idea and I really miss the grove. First time I saw that fake snow made me laugh but also made me think how sweet. xoxo

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      andeelayne
      December 7, 2012 at 4:00 am

      lol probably because you had the real deal in NYC! 😉 We need to see that baby bump!!! xo

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    Anonymous
    December 7, 2012 at 5:41 am

    I love your blog Andee! You inspire me to put that extra bit of effort into my appearance because you always look so polished! I've noticed in some of your pics you wear Dita aviators. I want to get some like yours. Do you have the black and silver or the shiny silver ones? Please let me know! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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    Julie Khuu | Haute Khuuture
    December 7, 2012 at 7:12 am

    That is soooo friggin' cute! She's gonna LOVE that for years to come when the sound of mama's voice returns her to such an innocent and happy place! Have you seen those children's books where you can personalize the main characters so it reflects their name and hobbies??? It's soooo FAB babe, I made them for my nieces and nephews last year and they're still reeling over the fact that they have a book written after them!

    Also- I’m hosting a décor-to-dress giveaway where 3 winners will WIN a fabulous frock of their choice just in time for the holidays! Hope you’ll stop by to enter the contest!

    xo-Julie
    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

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    Brooke
    December 7, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Looks like a great place to shop! I love it when all the stores are all decked out for the holidays! Love!

    I am doing a Holiday Giveaway from Sephora! Hope you stop by and enter!

    Happy Holidays,

    Brooke♥ ❤ ❥

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    Pink and Fabulous
    December 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    How cute is your mom for doing that?! My parents do that every year for my babes. I love the Grove at Christmas. I think my daughter actually thinks it is the North Pole!

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    Lauren
    December 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Your blog is great, Andee! My daughter is 4mo old and your posts about baby products are so helpful. I am quite indecisive and take way too much time to decide on purchases, so your suggestions are much appreciated. Would you mind sharing where your coffee table is from? We bought our home back in June and I have yet to find one that I like. My husband is now getting quite frustrated with me and just wants me to pick one, but once again, I am WAY too indecisive, haha!
    Thanks so much for sharing your blog!! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season 🙂

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    Mrs. HaHa
    December 7, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    What an adorable idea! I just passed this along to my MIL, who's expecting her first grandchild in two months. I know it's hard for her because they live away from us/my exepecting SIL. This could be such a great gift idea! Thank you!

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    Jessica Wirtz
    December 8, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Andy, I know you live in Orange County, and the Grove is beautiful but I'm from Riverside. I love it here even though it doesn't get the best reputation. Anyways the day after Thanksgiving the historical Mission Inn throws a huge fireworks show and the "Festival of Lights" are turned on. The mission and surrounding historical strip Mall are covered in lights. There is an ice rink, different choirs and musical guests, theatre productions, and all of the upscale restaurants are open for the event. Since it is passed, the lights still go on every evening and keep going until early January. It is beautiful, you should definitely check it out!

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    Anonymous
    December 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Your house looks absolutely spotless, I love your furniture and how you decorate! how do you keep your white furniture so clean with a baby?! please give me your secret 🙂

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    Courtney Jones
    December 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    You should do a room by room tour of your house. It is absolutely immaculate. Looks like your posting pictures from a magazine! I love your style and would love to get some ideas from how you decorate your house and where you find all these beautiful pieces!

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    Anonymous
    December 14, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Love, Love, Love your decor! Where did you get the table lamps?

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    SM
    December 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Gorgeous living room, Andee! Hoping you'll post snapshots of your kitchen as well. Happy holidays!

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